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December 22, 2008 at 11:17 am

Observer finds proof Qasab is Pakistani

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London: Reinforcing India’s assertion that the Mumbai attacks had Pakistani links, a leading daily here said on Sunday that the lone surviving terrorist belongs to a village in Okara district of Pakistan’s Punjab, an “active” recruiting ground for Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman, alias Qasab, interrogated in custody after the terror attacks that killed 183 people, reportedly told Indian officials that he came from Faridkot village in Pakistan’s Punjab province. His father was named Mohammed Amir, married to a woman named Noor.

During the past week, Pakistan have cast doubt over the authenticity of the information about the terrorist.

But residents of a village in Pakistan Punjab’s Okara District have reportedly told The Observer that Amir Qasab hails from there.

According to the report in The Observer, electoral lists for Faridkot show 478 registered voters, including the name of Qasab’s father Mohammed Amir. The paper further goes on to say that a villager, who cannot be named for his own protection, said the village was an active recruiting ground for the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

“We know that boy [caught in Mumbai] is from Faridkot,” he said. “We knew from the first night [of the attack]. They brainwash our youth about jihad, there are people who do it in this village. It is so wrong,” he added.

‘The Observer’ report said that it conducted an investigation and obtained the electoral lists for Faridkot showing 478 registered voters, including one Mohammed Amir, married to Noor Elahi. Amir’s and Noor’s national identity card numbers have also been obtained.

At the address mentioned in the list, a man identifying himself as Sultan said he was the father-in-law of Mohammed Amir.

According to other locals, Qasab has not lived in Faridkot for about four years but would return to see his family once a year and frequently talked of freeing Kashmir from Indian rule.

The truth about Qasab’s origins are key to the ongoing investigation of where the attackers came from and will have a profound impact on relations between India and Pakistan. Islamabad has repeatedly said that no proof has been provided to back Indian accusations that all the gunmen came from Pakistan.


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December 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm

The World Watches.

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Mumbai shootings: Reaction in quotes

There has been widespread international condemnation of the series of shootings across the Indian city of Mumbai in which more than 100 people have been killed and many more injured.

PAKISTANI PRESIDENT ASIF ALI ZARDARI

The attacks in Mumbai have claimed many innocent victims and remind us, yet again, of the threat we face from violent extremists.

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured. Pakistan and India will continue their joint struggles to counter the actions of terrorists.

PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER YOUSUF RAZA GILANI

I condemn these attacks strongly.

We need to take strict measures to eradicate terrorism and extremism from the region while continuing with concerted efforts to make it a peaceful place to live.

WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY DANA PERINO

President Bush offers his condolences to the Indian people and the families of the innocent civilians killed and injured in the attacks in Mumbai, India.

The United States condemns this terrorist attack and we will continue to stand with the people of India in this time of tragedy.

This afternoon, the White House National Security Council convened officials from counter-terrorism and intelligence agencies as well as the state and defence departments.

The US government continues to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of our citizens, and stands ready to assist and support the Indian government.

BROOKE ANDERSON, SPOKESMAN FOR BARACK OBAMA

President-elect Obama strongly condemns today’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and his thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the people of India.

These co-ordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism.

The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks.

We stand with the people of India, whose democracy will prove far more resilient than the hateful ideology that led to these attacks.

GORDON BROWN, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

These outrageous attacks in Mumbai will be met with a vigorous response.

I have sent a message to [Indian] Prime Minister [Manmohan] Singh that the UK stands solidly with his government as they respond, and to offer all necessary help.

Urgent action is underway to offer every possible protection to British citizens in the region.

QIN GANG, CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN

China always opposes terrorist attacks of any kind, and we express our condolences to the victims.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT

We are concerned about the loss of life and consider that acts of terrorism of this type are harmful to the whole international order and are a challenge to humanity.

SPOKESMAN FOR BAN KI-MOON, UN SECRETARY GENERAL

The secretary general condemns the rash of shootings and blasts in Mumbai today, which killed and wounded a large number of people. Such violence is totally unacceptable.

The secretary general reiterates his conviction that no cause or grievance can justify indiscriminate attacks against civilians. He calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly.

[He] sends his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and the wounded and expresses his solidarity with the people and government of India.

POPE BENEDICT XVI

The Holy Father [conveys] his heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in these brutal attacks.

His Holiness urgently appeals for an end to all acts of terrorism, which gravely offend the human family and severely destabilise the peace and solidarity needed to build a civilization worthy of mankind’s noble vocation to love God and neighbour.

HAMID KARZAI, AFGHAN PRESIDENT

Terrorism is a tyrant enemy which threatens all of humanity and has challenged the region of South Asia.

MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA, SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT

The attacks on leading hotels, hospitals and public transport in Mumbai, the business and financial capital of India, show that the terrorists are targeting an important sector of the Indian economy, with a view to destabilizing democracy in India.

IFTEKHAR AHMED CHOWDHURY, BANGLADESH FOREIGN MINISTER

We strongly condemned what’s happened in Mumbai. These are acts of terrorism, and terrorism serves no purpose. Many innocent people have suffered, many have been killed, others injured and we send them our condolences.

KEVIN RUDD, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER

Whichever group has perpetrated this attack, they are cowards, absolute cowards, and murderers.

This cowardly attack on India’s stability, peace and democracy reminds us all that international terrorism is far from defeated, and that we must all maintain our vigilance.

TARO ASO, JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER

This kind of terrorism is unforgivable, extremely despicable and vicious. I feel strong resentment and deeply condemn it.

Japan is with the Indian people who are fighting against terrorism and we will cooperate with the Indian government.

DAVID MILIBAND, UK FOREIGN SECRETARY

Today’s attacks in Mumbai which have claimed many innocent victims, remind us, yet again, of the threat we face from violent extremists.

I condemn these attacks unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured.

The UK and India will continue their joint efforts to counter the actions of terrorists.

LAWRENCE CANNON, CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

Canada and India share a commitment to freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Among our mutual priorities is close cooperation to promote international security and to fight terrorism.

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November 27, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Kaizer’s Orchestra : Maestro

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Unique Sound Lovers , Enjoy.

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November 5, 2008 at 1:06 am

CyberCulture

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For the Philistines – Cyberculture is as much about computers as Shakespeare is about the paper it was written on.

Rives on TED

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October 30, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Dortmund Vs. Shalke

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Living in Germany one can’t really escape the Football madness. Yesterday, Schalke played against Dortmund – both teams bitter rivals, at Westfalionstadion in Dortmund. Now you have to understand the context here – When it comes to Schalke and Dortmund, the football games are not games. It’s personal…emotions are raging…and there is a lot of alcohol.

Schalke won, and the visiting teams fans were suddenly in a very hostile city…Dortmunders ready for payback at their crushing defeat.  The stadium being only 10 minutes away from my apartment , I was woken to loud chanting and singing. Thankfully, the police were aware and ready for what was to follow.

I did manage to get a few shots from my window of the largest concentration of police I’ve seen in Germany. 30 vans, probably hundred or so police on foot in full riot gear and even police on horse-mount!

Police Drive Dortmund (in yellow) Fans Away

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Schalke Fans (in blue) taken to the train station in full police escort

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View the full album here : Dortmund vs. Shalke Police

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September 15, 2008 at 1:05 am

Twitter Replies from the Twitverse

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Twitter allows to reply to people you are following by appending an “@<username>” in front of the message. But unfortunately, the person you are trying to reply to doesn’t see this reply if they, in turn, are not following you. Of course this impedes some communication , but it turned out that all you had to do was change a setting to see “All Replies” , rather “Replies from people I am following only”.

If you don’t want to be missing out people’s replies to you : 

Just log on to Twitter , Click Settings and then the Notices Tab. You can then set the replies to “all @ replies” .

Twitter Settings

I also find it wierd that you can only direct message someone who is following you. That leaves almost no chance for one to build a network via Twitter. It seems to just enhance your existing network. Twitter, I think has the potential to provide simplistic (read “unlike Facebook”) social networking, if they could only get their act together.

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August 29, 2008 at 11:43 pm